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Birthday Dinner Upper West Side Recs?

w.sidenyc Dec 2, 2009 04:29 PM

Hi Everyone! I'm looking for a dinner suggestion on the upper west side (as long as it's above 65th) for my friend's birthday. It will probably be around 5 people at dinner. The birthday girl loves to eat and is definitely a foodie. It could be high-end or just comfy casual with great eats and good drinks. We've been to Cesca and Dovetail...loved both. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! (And any surrounding bar recommendations would be great too! :) ) Thanks!

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    msny98 Dec 3, 2009 06:29 AM

    Picholine is a block too low, but very worthy.
    I second Telepan/Ouest
    Bar Bao is very good for what it is but not in the same league as the ones above

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      snaporaz Dec 3, 2009 05:38 AM

      My first choice would be Bar Bao for a good pqr, though it's not as fancy as Dovetail.
      If you want to spend more, maybe Telepan?
      And I've found the food at West Branch to be pretty meh for the most part.

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      1. re: snaporaz
        Striver Dec 3, 2009 05:45 AM

        Bar Bao is a good option if the OP doesn't want to go high-end (which doesn't mean it's cheap: it's not) - we had a birthday dinner there recently - 6 people - and everyone had a great time (we ordered and shared a lot of dishes :)). Good food - the duck/daikon hash is a must-order - good drinks, fun atmosphere.

      2. Striver Dec 3, 2009 04:12 AM

        We've always been happy with Ouest.

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          intrepid Dec 3, 2009 01:54 AM

          Vai west 77 st

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            metfan630 Dec 2, 2009 08:34 PM

            I would try Ouest, followed by George Keeleys (Amsterdam bet'n 83/84) for drinks - love the beer selection there.

            1. kelea Dec 2, 2009 06:58 PM

              I think Calle Ocho though not the best food has a really great atmosphere. (they still have the best cheese breads though!)

              Others to consider West Branch, Bar Bao, Telepan, Ouest

              1. c oliver Dec 2, 2009 04:38 PM

                How about Salumeri Rosi on Amsterdam bet. 73rd & 74th? I love it.


                It's been mentioned plenty on CH.

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                1. re: c oliver
                  intrepid Dec 2, 2009 05:03 PM

                  i like the food, but find the tight seating quarters uncomfortable

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